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. president obama set to meet with his top team today to figure out what the u.s. should do when it comes to the crisis in syria. as two navy destroyers remain in the region in case they're needed. is the u.s. preparing a strike? >>> and no baby, a giant panda is a proud new mom today giving birth to her third cub. the eyes of the world watching their every move. we'll go live to the zoo to see how everyone's doing. today's saturday, august 24th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill. live from rockefeller plaza. >> good morning, everyone, welcome to "today" on a saturday morning, i'm lester holt. >> and i'm erica hill. tom, of course, with us because jenna is on maternity leave and is now officially a mom. >> she tweeted out about half an hour ago. said, survived first night home with harper, but just barely. she's got pipes. >> as a parent, jenna, i can tell you the crying will stop after about a week. trust me on that. everything will be fine. >> right? and it's not fair how the babies sleep for the first few days and you think piece of cake
.s. forces are now ready to act on any order by president obama to strike syria. the u.s. navy has four destroyers in the eastern mediterranean sea within range of the targets inside syria. the u.s. also has a more planes in the region. meanwhile, secretary of state john kerry says there is a undeniable evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attacking syria. with intelligence strongly pointing to bashar assad's regimen. kerry says this international norm cannot be violated without consequences. >> we will be following the latest of this escalation. >> the man acquitted of second-degree murder charges in the shooting at delta 17 year-old treyvon martin is seeking legal fees from the state of florida. george is a woman's attorney has said that he plans to ax the state to cover release $200,000 of his legal expenses. attorney mark omara says that because zimmerman was acquitted, state law requires florida to pay all of his legal costs. >> new this morning, students says sandy hook elementary school in newtown, conn. head back to school today. in december 201220 year-old adam lanza shot
the full forecast for you in a moment. >>> we are talking about president obama who is heading off for vacation. on friday, he announced the government will be taking a closer look at a surveilness program and whether american rights are being protected. some talked about whether it may be a victory for edward snowden. >>> a new book about the relationship between jfk and jackie kennedy. the story how jfk may have had a premonition about his own death before it happened. >>> could your posts on facebook be driving a wedge between you and your friends? there's a thing called oversharing. we will look at the site. >>> let's begin with the deadly flooding. dylan is here with more on that. >> good morning, willie. good morning, everyone. let's look at the video outside of colorado springs in southern colorado. look at the car swept away on a highway. it takes two feet of water to sweep away a car. there's more than that on that highway. at least one person is dead. officials are unsure if the victim was swept out of the car. the rain is coming down in buckets. it's actually monsoonal m
close call on the freeway, someone pulled him from his burning car. >>> the obamas have a new dog. sunny. >> portuguese water dog like the first dog bo. >> wounded warrior softball team made a stop to show support for victims disabled in the bombing. >> handicapped, disabled. >> alex rodriguez, a pitcher drills him in the rib cage. they stopped the game and let the pitcher with the baseball gets to choose an animal from the top shelf. >>> welcome to >>> welcome to "cbs this morning," norah o'donnell is off. good morning, gayle. >> good morning, charlie. >> we begin with the political crisis in egypt, which threatened to take a new turn. the u.s. is taking a hard look at the aid it provides. >> meanwhile the leader of egypt's muslim brotherhood is under arrest. charlie d'agata in cairo. charlie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you gayle and charlie. egypt security forces rounded up dozens of muslim brotherhood leaders in the last week. for the military this was public enemy number one and he was caught after a tip-off he was hiding in an apartment in cairo. it wasn't long after
president obama will award the medal of honor to a soldier who grew up in the bay area. staff sergeant ty carter was serving in afghanistan in 2009 when the army said he went above the call of duty to retrieve supplies for fellow soldiers while his company was under attack by more than 200 taliban fighters. he's from antioch. sergeant carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the medal of honor for actions in iraq or afghanistan. meteorologist lisa argen here now with a preview of the accuweather forecast. >> well, we have extra clouds and less wind this morning. it allows for a mild start. in fact, the clouds are burning back already. san francisco in the 60s. we will look for a nice, mild afternoon here. the heat, well, it hasn't been too hot inland. we will talk about a little bit of warmth coming your way for the week ahead. that's next. >> thank you, lisa. also next, new developments surrounding last week's alleged chemical attack in syria. what the white house is saying this morning. and emrats new zealand now just a win away from advance to go the america's cup final.
after her award ceremony at 3:00 this afternoon. >> president obama's travel detail got a new addition this weekend. a marine corps m-v 22 osprey made its presidential debut saturday as president obama martha's vineyard vacation. the aircraft which can take off vertically like a helicopter, but fly like an airplane. it shuttled white house staff, media and secret service members from coast guard air station cape cod. the marines say the ospreys are twice as fast and can travel six times farther than other helicopters. >> the time is 7:27 a.m.. here is a live look from san jose. we will be right back. whatwh makesakour oumilymimilei backflipfls and anrtwhrtls.ls whatwh mlove, wa, rmth.thimilei here, retry thy . backflipfls and .mmmmmmok!oks whatwh mloveching!g!th.thimilei lotslo of dif erenert stesstoinmmmm!!.ss breakfaskft i'm vem ry imp issedss honey buy nches he oat o this is ia greagrcerece!! i hei ar you yruncrung.ng [ male announcer ] wouldn't it be great if all devices had backup power? the chevrolet volt does. it's ingeniously designed to seamlessly switch from electricity to g
toll coming in from egypt and president obama may make a statement in just a couple of minutes on the violent government crackdown in egypt. >>> good morning. traffic is going to be busy in some areas, especially contra costa county. but here on the golden gate, it looks good south. >>> much bigger fog bank. inland temperatures will still be warm. everything is pointing towards a pretty big cooldown for the weekend. more on that. the rooms that had a tv outlet. yeah if we wanted to watch tv someplace else, we'd have to go to my aunt sally's. have you ever sat on a plastic covered couch? [ kids cheering ] you're missing a good game over here. those kids wouldn't have lasted one day in our shoes. [ male announcer ] switch and add a wireless receiver. get u-verse tv for $19 a month for 2 years with qualifying bundles rethink possible. >>> stocks are falling today on continued uncertainty over when and how quick lit federal reserve will begin to wind down its program that stimulates the world's largest economy. also walmart and cisco warn of weak sales and interest rates are rising
on kron 4 news weekend. first lady michelle obama opens up about everything from raising two teenage daughters. to her impending 50th birthday. live look outside. walnut creek female narrator: it's posturepedic versus beautyrest it's posturepedic versus beautyrest with up to $400 off. serta icomfort and tempur-pedic go head-to-head with three years' interest-free financing. mattress price wars are on now at sleep train. ♪ your ticket to a better night's sleep ♪ in national news-- first lady michelle obama's opening up about her private life. a significant birthday. and even why she tried, then abandoned her bangs. athena jones has details of interview. out this weekend. first lady michelle obama, biking with her family today on martha's vineyard. and opening up to parade magazine about raising 15- year-old malia and 12-year- old sasha "what i tell my kids is, i'm preparing you for college and for life. so, having independence, knowing how to set your own boundaries, that balance." asked about these comments to cnn affiliate wcax. >>as a busy single mother - or i shouldn't say sin
? xy >>> welcome back. chuck hagel says american forces are ready to strike syria if president obama gives the order. now, syrian -- >> yes. syrian leaders warn against the strike and russia is accusing the u.s. of making excuses to attack syria. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, the situation in syria is intensifying with every hour. kyla? >> reporter: pam, we know the united nations inspectors pushed off their investigation until tomorrow, citing security concerns. they were supposed to return to the site of last week's attack. john kerry says the use of chemical weapons last week is undeniable. >> make no mistake. president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: senior administration officials say their goal is not to overthrow president assad but rather punish him for using chemical weapons, killing hundreds in syria last week. the u.s. navy deployed four destroyers. they launch would be missiles. the russian president vladimir putin ch
.org and thrive. >> reporter: is taking an action that he is very reluctant to take part president obama does not want this war. he feels like things have gone so far and gun so that it that it is time to act. >> catherine: so he will have to go and alone apparently cured what will be american action reaction be? >> reporter: >> they're not going to endorse the intervention but it will be glad that is taking place. >> catherine: why is it always be used as to where are the other like the your pants? europeans >> we are the ones that have the power to do it and they know it. in fact, is also the case, that we that is false to us. it because >> raging change is what we heard during peak bush there we do not know if this is going to hand but the call is not all the money changed this government. >> catherine: you brought up the bush and ministration. so, why should people trust this intelligence? >> first of all because president bush wanted the iraqi war >> pam: to finish the job that his father had not finished. president obama does not want this war. he does not want to go back to the middle
of house of republicans trying to over turn obama's care. >> they're trying to do something over and over but expecting the same result. trying to hurt the american people because they don't agree on something that's upheld and decided. >> estimated of 40 million americans are unensured of the medicare act. coverage will begin january 1st. >>> alameda county officials reached out to promote wellness and places that can use a boost. community meeting focused on helping people and those are uncorporated area that's south of san leandro and problems there including obesity and teens's pregnancy that's aimed at kids. >> the folks that live here, they know the community better than we do and the hot spots are and the troubled areas and for example if it is a bad intersection or they know there is certain gang activity that happened in certain part that we don't necessarily know. >> today's meeting to develop a health and wellness plan that'll become apart of the county's plan. >>> plus, what amanda knox is refusing what to do ahead of her roommate's death. >>> the >>> continuing coverage o civ
while they were attending a separate demonstration in oakland. >>> president obama paid tribute to workers in his weekly address. >> we'll come together as a nation to honor some of our own. the working men and women of america who across the generations built this country up and helped make us who we are today. >> the president said labor day is a reminder that many americans have seen their wages stagnate while corporate profits soar. they want to end poverty and it's the highest priority. >>> now, rosemary is saying these a slight chance of rain coming into the bay area today. >> i'd love to take it out. it's a nuisance. it's a slim chance so why are we talking about it? it's a holiday weekend and a lot of people have plans outdoor. i don't want you to get caught off guard. i'm giving you a look outside our doors right now. we'll get to the rain chance in a moment. let's talk about what's happening outside your days. it's a beautiful start to the day. we have low clouds, inside the bay, here at oakland we're starting out mostly cloudy. it is a clear start for many in the morn
: president obama says snowden is not a patriot and cannot be characterized as a whistle-blower. during his first press conference in months this past friday, president obama said snowden had other avenues if he had concerns and leaking nsa information has put the u.s. at risk. president obama said if snowden believes what he did was right, he should return to the u.s. and make his case in court. snowden's father says the opinions of politicians don't matter to him. >> he's sacrificed than the president of the united states and peter king have evers. so how they cluz to characterize him -- choose to characterize him doesn't concern me. >> reporter: what republicans on capitol hill have to say about that when i see you next. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 7:16. the sentencing of convicted spy bradley manning begins today. later today, the army private's defense team is expected to call the first of more than a dozen witnesses. manning is expected to make a statement between now and wednesday? he faces up to 90 years in prison for disclosing classified information while working as a
:30. >>> president obama today promised changes to the government's controversial phone surveillance program. jacqueline reports from washington and how too much transparency can be dangerous. >> america is not interested in spying on ordinary people. >> reporter: president obama said he will work with congress to improve privacy protections within the national security agency's surveillance programs. part of the changes will better explain to the public how they work. changes include a new website, new oversight, more transparency, and an independent group reviewing the programs. intelligence groups will continue to assess phone records domestically and internationally. >> all of the steps are designed to ensure the american people can trust that our efforts are in line with our interests and values. >> reporter: spokesmen from republican house speaker john boehner said the president has been quiet on the controversial programs for too long. while transparency is important, he said it must not compromise the program. the priority must be saving american lives, in the saving face. the presid
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's government used chemical weapons in an attack that left more than 1,000 people dead. president obama called that attack very troublesome. he also said action by the u.s. may not solve the conflict in syria. >> what we've seen indicates this is clearly a big event. of grave concern. and we are already in communications with the entire international community. we're moving through the u.n. to try to prompt better action from them. and we've called on the syrian government to allow an investigation of the site. because u.n. inspectors are on the ground now. we don't expect cooperation, given their past history. and, you know, what i do believe is that although the situation in syria is very difficult, and the notion that the u.s. can somehow solve what is a sectarian complex problem inside of syria sometimes is overstated. >> the u.n. now estimates that 1 million children are now refugees because of the syrian fighting. margaret brennan is at the state department. margaret, what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning to you gayle and to charlie. many obama administration officials believe thi
firearms. >>> time now 5:16. republicans will try for the 40th time to repeal obama care. today the house will hold its 40th vote on repealing the affordable care act. but likely the other votes this one too looks like it's only symbolic. that is because the democrat controlled senate will kill the measure which specifically stops the irs from collecting fines from individuals without health care. >>> a controversial phrase is being removed from the dr. martin luther king junior memorial. the memorial originally paraphrased a part of dr. king's speech to say quote i was a drum major for justice, peace, and righteousness. however maya ang lieu say shortening that quote changed the entire context. it made dr. king sound arrogant. they hope to have the memorial ready for the 50th anniversary of dr. king's i have a dream speech at the end of august. >>> right now it's 5:17. we want to check in with sal and see how the friday morning commute is going. >> it's going okay. we heard some debris on the westbound 92 the san mateo bridge just now. westbound near the high-rise. a big rig lost a tire.
finance from president obama during a speech in phoenix today, the president plans to call for getting rid of fannie mae and freddie mac and replacing the bailed out mortgage giant with the government insurer. g.m. is cutting $5,000 off the price of the volt so it can compete against the more popular prius and nissan. you will be forking over more for lettuce with some twice as high as a year ago and other yens are getting more expensive after heavy rain and intense heat in the eastern united states hurt the crops. that is the news from the new york exchange. >> now the weather forecast. >> we have drizzle and well look and show you what is going on. it is only going to get wetter the next couple of mornings as the low pressure draws closer to the coast and it is bringing us the an sense of summer again as temperatures remain below average. you can see no wide-spread rain but the possibility of a few showers that will stay north of bay area thursday and into friday. we will talk about what will happen today: a beautiful picture of oakland, morning drizzle, chilled sunshine and keeping our
in terms of a potential jury pool. >> just friday president obama had this to say. >> no, i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. there were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred. >> mr. obama outlined new measures to reform the program that snowden revealed saying he would have done it anyway. >> i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made these leaks. >> and the wikileak founder took issue with the administration saying reforms were made and snowden is owed a debt of gratitude. others say he has only earned his felony charges. abc news, the white house. >>> 18 of the 19 american diplomatic posts closed during the terror threat and are opening back up tonight. consulates will be fully operational in a few days. the u.s. embassy in yemen remains closed because of intercepted messages between al-qaeda operatives. >>> tonight a doctor in detroit is in jail accused of miss diagnosing cancer patients and giving them treatments they didn't need. government prosecutors say he gave his patients chemotherapy when it was not nee
so to speak in terms of a potential jury pool. >> just friday president obama had this to say. >> no, i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. there were other avenues available for somebody whose conscience was stirred. >> mr. obama outlined new measures to reform the program that snowden revealed saying he would have done it anyway. >> i called for a thorough review of our surveillance operations before mr. snowden made these leaks. >> and the wikileak founder took issue with the administration saying reforms were made and snowden is owed a debt of gratitude. others say he has only earned his felony charges. abc news, the white house. >>> 18 of the 19 american diplomatic posts closed during the terror threat and are opening back up tonight. consulates will be fully operational in a few days. the u.s. embassy in yemen remains closed because of intercepted messages between al-qaeda operatives. >>> tonight a doctor in detroit is in jail accused of miss diagnosing cancer patients and giving them treatments they didn't need. government prosecutors say he gave his patients chemotherapy w
bit later. >>> and there is a controversy at the state fair pap rodeo clown donned a president obama mask and then announcers openly mocked. well, residents and policies on both sides of the aisle are not happy. details on that. >>> breaking news near orlando this morning. a sinkhole causing a resort to partially collapse. our nbc affiliate is in orlando this morning. marina, good morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning. quite the scare for guests here. this resort is about 6 miles out from walt disneyworld. many of the guests coming back from the night after spending all day at the parks and once they got into their room they reported hearing popping noises, window shattering. emergency crews here in minutes and evacuating all 36 guest from two buildings affected by this sinkhole, and all of them accounted for and thankfully no injuries reported. the elevator was the first part to go once the ground gave way and about 3:00 this morning the west wing of one of the buildings also tearing away from the rest of the structure. >> what are you hearing from officials about
obama's approach. but some republicans, including senator john mccain, are calling for the elimination of military aid. other republicans, such as congressman peter king, are more hesitant. >> a volcano in japan is erupting and sending a thick cloud of ash over a nearby city. this is mount sakurajima, it started blowing its top yesterday. you can see it spewing thick ash into the sky. however residents are used to this sort of thing. this is one of the most active volcanos in japan. its reported that this is the 500th eruption so far this year, and the biggest since 2000. >> an elderly woman is lucky to be alive after a pick up slammed into her petaluma home. it happened early yesterday morning on cleveland avenue near bodega avenue. emergency crews found a full-size pickup truck had smashed through the front door and destroyed the living room. the woman was in bed in a back bedroom listening to music at the time of the crash. she was was shaken but not injured. the driver of the truck took off from the crash. c-h-p says they still have no suspects at this time. >> the time 7:20 a.m..
more retile, but out of jail. >> richard edged in cairo, thank you. 6 >>> the obama administration is releasing acknowledging that the nsa was ordered by a federal judge in 2011 to stop scooping up thousands of communication from americans with no connection to terrorism. the court ruled the nsa's actions were unconstitutional and ordered the agency to fix the problem. >>> embattled san diego mayor bob filner has reached a tentative deal involving a sexual harassment lawsuit. the 70-year-old mayor is facing allegations from at least 17 women. this is amateur video of filner leaving city hall on wednesday night. san diego city attorney says a proposed resolution has been reached, and will be presented to city council on friday. >>> fire fighting resources are being stretched to the limits, as crews continue to battle 50 fires, and out-of-control fire is threatening about 2500 structures near yosemite in california. and in idaho, the beaver creek has now burned more than 100,000 acres. nbc's miguel almaguer was given rare access, with the bird's-eye view with a veteran helicopter. >>
& company says strong sales in china helped drive its income up 16% in the 2nd quarter. >>> the obama administration is warning congress about a coming cash crunch. treasury secretary jack lew has sent a letter to house speaker john boehner warning him that the country will soon run out of money. lew says the nation will reach the debt ceiling by mid-october unless congress acts to raise the amount of money that the government can borrow to pay its bills. >>> it's back to school and perfect time to talk about money with your kids. most schools don't include personal finance in the curriculum. here to help us is cbs news business analyst jill schlesinger. welcome back. it's been a few weeks. >> reporter: yes, sir. great to be with you. >> good to have you back. how early should you start talking money with your kids? >> reporter: i know you can't believe it but between the ages of 3 and 5 you should start to identify coins and their value. you want to discuss something that's free like playing with a friend and money like an ice cream. you should introduce the concept of work and delay
to be coming out o the arabian peninsula. you'll recall president obama met with the president of yemen earlier this week. there have also been a number of drone attacks in yemen this past week alone. now the british also closing down their embassy in yemen for at least two days. we don't have any word on how long the u.s. embassies will be closed. they will close down on sunday, possibly longer. we'll have to wait and see about that. we know that president obama has been briefed. he'll continue to be briefed throughout the weekend. now, if you or a loved one planning to travel overseas, u.s. officials say the best thing to do is to log on to the state department website, you'll find a lot of information there. you can also register your travel plans there. >> kristen, thanks. >>> as these terror fears mount the u.s. embassy in cairo is one of the embassies on the list to be closed on sunday. near the embassy. ayman, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lester. the u.s. embassy behind me normally would be open on a sunday morning. it's the beginning of a workweek here. but instead, it's goi
you, sam. do you know how it works? now 57 days until the next phase of obama care takes effect. today senator barbara boxer was in the bay area spreading the world. they say the clinics will be keep in helping educate people about the insurance options. the challenge will be signing up enough people under the age of 30. spreading the word is key for the program's success. officials with the california plan say many of the state's 7 million uninsured will qualify for insurance under the program. >>> and the man suspected of driving his car through a crowd is a drifter with a history of petty crime. he's seen by the dark blue car in the this surveillance video. four years ago he was jailed in colorado for shoplifting and trespassing and arrested for reckless drinking and driving in florida. l.a. police suspect he was living in his car purchased in colorado but had no california's driver's license. a woman on her honeymoon was killed in the rampage. 11 others were hurt. >>> a handful of u.s. embassies in the middle east and north africa remain closed after fears of an al qaeda terror att
not be able to. the obama administration supports the parents in a brief in the court. two lower courts ruled only licensed professionals can administer the shots. >> orchard supply hardware has a new owner, it is official. >> trading is underway on wall street and the dow is down 31 points and we will go to skein king from the new york stock exchange. >> but, first, music fans shell out hundreds to see their favorite bands and they cannot get inside t >> covering walnut creek, burlingame, calculate belt, and all the bay area this is abc7 news. >> good morning, at 6:44. the golden gate bridge shows traffic moving fine but we have low clouds. our meteorologist says they will be clearing much more quickly today with the temperatures coming up. san jose an elderly man considered at risk is found safe. the 91-year-old was found near a shopping center this morning. he was reported missing yesterday. they were worried because he has alzheimer's disease and is disoriented but the man has been found, safe. >> asiana will give $10,000 to every survivor on board a flight that crashed at sfo last month.
: as president obama has spoken out against the law twice, saying it's offensive, it violates basic more or less, but he said a boycott would only hurt athletes. >> i want to just make very clear right now, i do not think it's appropriate to boycott the olympics. we've got a bunch of americans out there who are training hard, who are doing everything they can to succeed. >> reporter: the international olympic committee has said the olympics games coming up need to be free of discrimination for everybody. they said russia has reassured them that the law would not affect athletes or attend yees, but they said everybody's going to have to obey russian laws. now the ioc is asking russia for more clarification. back to you. >> thanks so much, michelle. >>> a controversial police policy that didn't get off the ground in san francisco is unconstitutional. a federal judge made that ruling today with the new york police department stop-and-frisk policy, saying it violates the fourth amendment. the judge found the policy illegally singled out a large number of blacks and hispanics. the judge said she's no
family is larger this morning. the obamas are welcoming their second dog, named sunny. nbc white house correspondent peter alexander has the story. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the grass doesn't get greener than moving in here in the white house. a sweet pad sitting on 18 acres right in the heart of the nation's capitol and from the look of things, sunny obama is fitting right in. ♪ move over bo, there's a new dog in town and for our inaugural play date, the white house released its own music video. ♪ a pair of presidential pets frolicking on the south lawn. that will get tails wagging. the first lady tweeted "so excited to introduce the newest member of the obama family, our puppy sunny." just 14 months old, sunny is a michigan native named for her cheerful personality, the family says. a portuguese water dog just like bo because malia has allergies. >> he doesn't know how to swim. >> president obama fulfilled his campaign promise to his daughters. >> you have earned the new puppy that's coming with us to the white house. >> reporter: sasha or malia must have sw
morning. ready to strike. decision time at the white house. president obama weighing u.s. military options in syria. could airstrikes come within days? nbc's ann curry and richard engel are in the region with live reports. >>> developing story. that raging wild fire near yosemite now posing a new threaten dang gerg san francisco's water and power supplies. >>> and state of emergency. that's what hollywood is under according to the mayor of los angeles as more movie and television shows abandon california. what he wants to do to end that trend today, tuesday, august 27th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" at 7:00 a.m. on the west coast. i'm savannah guthrie. >> i'm matt lauer and this is al roker and tamron hall. something like 90,000 jobs could be lost. billions of dollars. >> it's a huge deal because for some it is the price of doing business in hollywood has become expensive. we'll have more on that story in a few moments. we'll have more to get to, includin
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as the official death toll rose to 638 with thousands more injured. president barack obama today strongly condemned the crack down by egypt government. >> new at 10:00, we are live in santa clara where people attending a kapbd lit vigil tonight say they knew some of those who were killed, marines. >> just about half an hour ago, the last few minutes we saw the final attendees leave. 150 people gathered at the intersection across from this road and they read tweets from people in egypt. we learned of two dozen people from egypt with one grieving family member speaking to us and sharing his story tonight. >> these are people like us who's lives were cut short, suddenly. >> reporter: dozens of people with their own ties of egypt held candles and wore white in a way to honor those killed. >> that is my brother-in-law. >> reporter: he says his brother-in-law, 37-year-old man is among the hundreds killed in cairo yesterday. >> we were told he was shot yesterday by someone within the field hospital. we could not get ahold of him this morning when his id went on tv and people started saying thi
christians for helping to overthrow morsi's government. >>> president obama is enjoying his last few hours of vacation. he spent five hours on the links as he drove around in his own golf cart. larry david, the star of the tv show curb your enthusiasm. and the owner of the celtics. they ate a a harbor restaurants and they will fly back to washington tonight. >>> they will recall the mayor and it is underway. organizers collected significant for a recall petition this morning. they are planning to march and rally this afternoon. 16 women have accused him of harassment that relates to groping and unwanted advances. they have called on him to resign and he is refusing to step down. >>> they are examining the abouts ways to keep buildings standing when a major earthquake hits. from uc san diego, they used a table to determine if seismic retrofitting protects building. when they with stood the earthquake, the retro he fitting was removed and the building quickly collapsed. >> the main aspect of design is life safety and eninsuring it doesn't collapse. >> research ares say they tested different
that what the assad regime has done will not go unpunished. >> make no mistake, president obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world's most heinous weapons against the world's most vulnerable people. >> reporter: for kerry the attacks seemed personal. >> as a father, i can't get the image out of my head of a man who held up his dead child, wailing while chaos swirled around him. >> reporter: while the administration is convinced a chemical attack occurred, the u.n. is proceeding with its investigation. those inspectors who came under sniper fire donning bulletproof vests to interview survivors. while u.n. authorization would be ideal, it is doubtful that will come. >> if the united states stands by and doesn't take very serious action, not just launching some cruise missiles, then, again, our credibility in the world is diminished even more, if there's any left. >> so, martha, as you said, this military strike could come soon. a tricky calculation by the obama administration. they want to strike hard enough to punish the assad regime, but they don't wan
at assad is necessary. president obama who ran for office on ending the iraq and afghanistan wars now admits he's on the verge of ordering a u.s. military strike against syria because of the assad regime's use of chemical weapons. >> i have no interest in any kind of open-ended conflict in syria, but we do have to make sure that when countries break international norms on weapons like chemical weapons that could threaten us that they are held accountable. >> reporter: in that interview with pbs, the president argued that because the assad regime has ties to terrorist organizations, u.s. national security is at stake. >> there is a prospect, a possibility in which chemical weapons that can have devastating effects could be directed at us. >> reporter: as the new cover of "time" out this morning demonstrates, this is a decision the commander in chief of a war-weary nation enters reluctantly. and he's not alone. a growing number of members of congress on both sides of the aisle are calling for a vote to authorize a u.s. attack. republican house speaker john boehner has penned a letter to
. >> the question now, will president obama still meet president putin at a summit here in moscow scheduled for early september and just before the g-20 in st. petersburg. that meeting is now looking a lot less likely. >> thank you. we want to get the white house reaction. let's go to peter alexander on duty there. good morning. what is the fallout there? >> savannah, good morning to you. this is going to strain already tense relationships between the two countries. no immediate reaction to the officials in the white house. they're still crafting the exact language, u.s. officials are in this case. be very clear. this is not the result the obama administration wanted in this case. for the last several months, they have been pressing, they have been pressuring the kremlin to expel edward snowden from that country because there's no extradition treaty between the u.s. and russia. in many way, their hands are tied. the president said i'm not going to scramble jets for a 29-year-old hacker. you heard from jim maceda saying just last week attorney general eric holder sent a letter to his counter
and protections. >> us ba of the snowden controversy -- because of the snowden controversy, president obama is said to be reconsidering his upcoming summit with russian president vladimir putin planned for this fall in moscow. >> 5:08. taking the cake. our first look at a bay area tycoon's lavish redwood wedding. also ahead, forget the horns. what's really putting some neighbors on edge in san carlos. also ahead -- >> i didn't see it coming and i didn't see it going. >> a california woman describing her terrifying encounter with a shark. >> friday time to get ready for the weekend. temperatures warming up today. could that change saturday and sunday? we'll talk about that coming up. >> it is starting to get crowded on westbound 580 as you come closer towards the altamont pass. the latest drive times. we'll have that right after the break. wishing you and your family a fun-filled summer. but uh, i...oh...i actually tried the online thing... which uh, i dunno. i, i guess i'm just hoping for a caring and nurturing relationship, you know, one th...one that's going somewhere. uh, like i, i take
obama's doing in handling this situation, and lawmakers are voicing their own concerns following a briefing. andrea mitchell, good morning. >> good morning. the white house shared intelligence with top members of congress but only by telephone leaving many wondering and wanting a lot more detail on this mission. even though the white house does plan to go it alone without a key ally. >> reporter: as protesters outside demonstrated against any military action against syria, inside, the national security team scrambled to build support for targeted strikes, briefing key members of congress by telephone thursday night. defense secretary hagel called in from the philippines. the president did not join the call. >> i was really disappointed in that. one of the things that has really bothered me is the president drawing a red line without knowing, in his mind, what he would do if he crossed the red line. >> i do think he needs to come up and consult with congress. again, you know, a few phone calls and those kinds of things, you have to have a robust discussion. >> others on the call i
-- adviseer. >>> yesterday, the white house suggested president obama may not meet next week with russian president vladimir putin as scheduled. and president obama may boycott the upcoming g-20 summit in russia. >> we are extremely disappointed that the russian government would take this step. >> you willmakers are urging the president to get -- lawmakers are urging the president to get tough. they are not able to say what consequences might lie ahead. snowden was granted asylum for unyear -- for one year. he's living with friends. >>> the inmates on the hunger strike are upset about conditions at cocoa rin and pelican bay prisons. they stopped eating july 8th. the state head of the prisons department said he will not negotiate with the advocates but has promised to discuss prison condition. >>> a statewide investigation of tax payer funded reb centers has been ordered all because of reports of fraud. the announcement comes after the center for investigative reporting and cnn reported that some clinics have been billing the state for patients who don't show up for treatment or don't have
for breaking through the washington logjam. a grand bargain for the middle class. >> mr. obama says he's willing to work with republicans to reform the tax code for businesses. that would mean lowering rates and ending many loopholes and deductions. president obama says he'll only do it if money generated is used for infrastructure, training and job growth. >>> thousands of unemployment payments in california have been delayed because of a computer glitch. this problem started last weekend when the state employment development department upgraded its computer software. about 6000 people still have not received their payment, and the agency says it is right now working to fix that problem. they are hoping to get those payments mailed in the next couple of days. >>> same-sex couples will now see another benefit of the supreme court's ruling against the federal defense of marriage act last month. visa applications from same-sex spouses will now receive equal consideration. secretary of state john kerry made the announcement in london yesterday. kerry also said same-sex marriages would be
could lead to war with syria? president obama addressed that issue in an interview earlier this morning. >> that starts getting to core national interests that the united states has. both in terms of us making sure that weapons of mass destruction are not proliferating, as well as needing to protect our allies, our bases in the region. this is something that is going to require america's attention and hopefully the entire international community's attention. >> for the latest on the information in syria let's go to nbc's chief foreign correspondent, richard engel, in cairo with the latest. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, tamron. the administration is weighing it's options trying to figure out what happened in syria and who was responsible before taking any action, let alone military action. the un secretary general says if it's proved that chemical weapons were used by any party it would be a crime against humanity and should result in serious consequences. meanwhile, russia which is an ally of the syrian regime has joined other nations in calling u.n. inspectors who are in dam
. >> reporter: meanwhile the obama administration is hinting that it may cancel a key summit between putin and obama here in early september before the g-20 meets. snowden's father continues to makes waves across continents. >> thank you very much. >>> wall street has its eye on this morning's all-important jobs report. natalie has more on that. >> that's right. encouraging signs for the u.s. economy this morning. the u.s. jobs report is out. it shows 162,000 jobs were added last month, and it's cautioned about drawing down the stimulus economic program. monday appears to be the deadline for new york yankees' alex rodriguez to accept a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs or face a ban. >> reporter: no word from major league baseball about alex rodriguez this as news reports surfaced that talks between both parties have broken down. nbc sports reported earlier a-rod was given two choices, one a long-term suspension, and failing that the commission is said to be mulling a possible lifetime ban, and he would not be allowed to play, but he would be allowed to appeal the ban if that occu
" undocumented ". this is the first time that he has spoken in support of immigration reform. >> president obama is expected to outline proposals for overhauling the nation's mortgage finance system during a visit to phoenix today. the white house says the plans include shutting down government-backed fannie mae and freddie mac. the president's trip marks the latest stop on his summertime economic tour to refocus his agenda on middle-class americans still struggling to recover from the recession. >> homebuyers may have enjoyed record low mortgage rates over the past year, but they are paying more for closing cost. according to a survey by bank rate dot.com, closing costs averaged about 24- hundred dollars over the past year, up six percent from 2012. the estimates were based on a 200-thousand-dollar mortgage for buyers with good credit and a 20- percent down payment. according to the survey, hawaii has the highest closing costs, followed by alaska, south carolina and california that's according to a survey by bankrate-dot-com. nationwide, closing costs averaged about 24-hundred dollars over the
to the recent closures in the middle east. president obama will hold a news conference today where he is expected to address the growing tension with russia. chuck todd is at the white house with a preview. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. as you know it will be the first time we will hear from the president since the decision by the white house to snub vladimir putin in russia and not attend a summit there in moscow, and we will hear the president's explanation on that, and this is a press conference that should be all over the map, the end of the summer type of conference, if you will, and the president headed for vacation tomorrow for ten days in martha's vineyard, and you should expect questions all over the map, from health care to immigration, and it's a disappointing end of the summer for the president. three months ago he thought it would be a press conference where it would be a big success, signing an immigration reform bill, and that is not anywhere in sight, and he has the implementation of the health care, and it's a precarious position he is in as he hea
be alive inside an air pocket. >>> the rodeo clown who wore a president obama mask during a performance at the missouri state fair has been banned for life. fair officials say they're also reviewing their contract with the company that ran the event. the incident sparked outrage nationwide after video of the event went viral. spectators were asked if they wanted to see obama run down by a bull. fair officials did not release the identity of the clown. >>> sentencing is underway right now for former congressman jesse jackson jr. jackson pleaded guilty to stealing some $750,000 from his campaign fund. his wife sandra will also be sentenced this morning in washington, d.c. jackson is hoping the judge will consider giving him probation. >>> rising political story cory booker is one step closer to a u.s. senate seat this morning after winning the democratic primary tuesday night. the newark, new jersey, mayor will face off with republican steve lone began in an october special election. lone began is the former mayor of bogota, new jersey. >>> now to wall street and what is moving the market
by police and the bodies seized. president obama had harsh words for the military-backed government and cancelled a joint military exercise. >> the united states strongly condemns the steps taken by egypt's interim government and security forces. we deplore violence against civilians. >> reporter: washington gives egypt's armed forces more than 1 billion dollars in aid a year. they have long been a reliable u.s. ally. it still has. egypt's government said the president's comments encouraged the opposition to protest more, leading to more violence. right now i am watching some of the wounded being taken out on the backs of motorcycles. they have been authorized to use live fire and they are doing that. >> david, let's join you. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. >> the real point of leverage is the $1.3 billion in u.s. aid to egypt. any chance the u.s. with draws that aid? if it did would it lose the influence it still has left? >> that's the real question. within the white house, they call that a knee-jerk move at this point. they are trying to calibrate up the presiden
and president obama are speaking to a group of former service members injured in battle. he is addressing the disabled american veterans national convention in orlando, florida. this is a live picture from the hotel conference room. let's listen in for a little bit to the first lady. >> because we want to honor and serve you and your families to make sure that you and your families have the educational opportunities you need, the support you have earned, and the good jobs you deserve. and if there's one thing that i want all of you to know today is this, you will never have to get back up all on your own. >> the president is expected to discuss issues such as the backlog of disability claims, posttraumatic stress disorder and brain injuries suffered during battle. after the speech the president and first lady will head to cape cod for a week-long summer vacation with their daughters. >>> authorities still trying to identify a body that was found during a search for a missing woman from oakland. crews were looking for 50-year-old sandra coke yesterday afternoon when they found the body of
is taking over late night. barrack obama will be jay leno's guest tonight on "the tonight show. " do you know how many times he has been on the show. >> his fifth time. >> this will be his sixth visit overall. >> he likes it. you can catch at this 11:35, 10:35 central here on nbc. >> let's get a check of the headlines. >> good morning everyone. the emergency evacuation of americans from yemen is underway this morning. the air force is transporting nonessential u.s. diplomatic personnel out of yemen because of an al qaeda terrorist threat. this follows the closing of a dozen diplomatic missions in the middle east and north africa. a gunman opened fire in a town hall building in pennsylvania. it happened in a meeting in ross township, pennsylvania. they say newell used a semiautomatic pistol to shoot through the wall of the building and into the meeting. five people were injured including the shooter. he was taken into custody. >>> autopsies are being done today on two young boys killed apparently by an escaped python. police in new brunswick, canada, say the victims, a 5 and a 7-year-old,
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